The Beatles’ diary -- 26th December 1963

Thursday, 26th December 1963

UK singles chart
  1. I Want To Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
  2. She Loves You – The Beatles
  3. You Were Made For Me – Freddie & The Dreamers
  4. Glad All Over – The Dave Clark Five
  5. Secret Love – Kathy Kirby
UK albums chart
  1. With The Beatles – The Beatles
  2. Please Please Me – The Beatles
  3. How Do You Like It – Gerry & The Pacemakers
  4. West Side Story – Original Soundtrack
  5. Sugar And Spice – The Searchers

‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. I Want To Hold Your Hand Peak position: Billboard – #1; Cashbox – #1; Record World – #1

Performance at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park, London, as part of their Christmas Show. They played Roll Over Beethoven, All My Loving, This Boy, I Wanna Be Your Man, She Loves You, Till There Was You, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Money (That’s What I Want) and Twist And Shout.

‘I Want To Hold Your Hand / I Saw Her Standing There’ was finally released in the States, accompanied by the biggest marketing campaign in Capitol’s history. About fifty billion wigs got shipped to the staff to walk around in: “As soon as they arrive,” they said, “and until further notice, you and each of your sales and promotion staff are to wear the wig during the business day! Next, see how many of the retail clerks have a sense of humour… Then, try your jocks, especially those who hold teen-dance hops. Get your Beatle wigs around properly, and you’ll find that you’re helping to start the Beatle Hair-Do craze that should be sweeping the country soon. You’ll also have fantastic quantities of two-inch by three-inch stickers. Now, what are you going to do with these huge amounts …

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